ZCHS-main gets P22.3M school building from city PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 July 2012 14:13

Classroom shortage in the Zamboanga City National High School-main in Tetuan is partially eased with the inauguration and turnover yesterday of the 3-storey 27 classroom building constructed and funded by the city government.

The unveiling ceremony was made even more special with the presence of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro who flew all the way from Manila on a Sunday to accept the project from Mayor Celso Lobregat.

Secretary Luistro thanked Mayor Lobregat and the members of the City Council through Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde for putting highest priority on education through the construction of school buildings and other education-related projects.

The 3-storey 27 classroom building is the biggest and tallest school building yet constructed and turned over to a public school by the Lobregat administration since the massive school building program started in 2007.

Luistro could not help but compare the manner that city government projects are undertaken as well as the manner the projects are turned over to other areas. He stressed that building classrooms is not just about having money “but it’s about vision, transparency and dignity”.

Under the Lobregat leadership, the city government, the secretary said, has the vision to give a better future for the young generation. This is the reason why, he said, the people of Zamboanga are supportive of the programs of the city as all these are intended to put education back to its feet.

“Mayor Lobregat is the only mayor who places the cost of every project being undertaken”, the secretary continued. He said by being transparent, the people are informed and can keep track of government funds.

For his part, Mayor Lobregat thanked Sec. Luistro for keeping his commitment to be present during the inauguration of the 3-storey 27 classroom.
He vowed that the city government will continue to invest in education to help ensure that the students get quality education.

The mayor requested Sec. Luistro to also provide the necessary teachers and desks to complement the schools buildings being constructed by the city government. “What good are our classrooms without teachers and desks?”.

Since 2007 to present, the city government has already invested over P940 million in education, and that the amount will reach the P1billion mark in 2013, the mayor said.

The ZCHS-main community, headed by Principal Felisa Munar presented Mayor Lobregat with a plaque and a certificate expressing highest regard on the chief executive for his unfaltering commitment to education.

Also present during the inauguration were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Rudy Lim, Mike Alavar, Nonong Guingona and Luis Biel III, City Schools OIC Superintendent Pedro Natividad, Tetuan barangay chairman Nonong Natividad, the different district supervisors, secondary school principals, other city officials, Zamcelco president Bong Atilano, the mayor’s brother Jomar Lobregat and ZCHS-main students, teachers and parents. — Sheila Covarrubias